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DE114112 Higher Diploma in Illustration
Curriculum   Career Prospects   Articulation Arrangement / Credit Exemption
Duration of Study 2 Years
Mode of Study Full Time
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s) Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI)
Entrance Requirements Please refer to General Entrance Requirement
Programme Aims The Higher Diploma in Illustration aims to equip students with creative and effective illustration skills including critical and analytical thinking, graphic manipulation, visual expression and concept visualisation. Areas of studies include visual language and expression, narrative skills, concept visualisation, media art, illustration appreciation, lettering and typography, and visualisation skills such as drawing, painting and computer graphics. Areas of contextual studies will include cultural studies, professional practice and entrepreneurship. The programme also provides professional level training in the observation, exploration of communication methodology and visual interpretation.

The programme provides a broad educational experience with creativity, project management, interpersonal communication and team-building skills which match industry demands for flexible, articulate graduates who are able to compete in a dynamic, fast-paced and ever-changing regional creative environment.

This programme is designed with an emphasis on generic, language and communication training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment after graduation.

Semester 1:

  • English and Communication : Workplace Interaction
  • Whole Person Development - Mindshift: Achieving Personal Growth & Effectiveness
  • Information Technology Essential
  • Creative and Design Thinking
  • Communication Design in Context: Illustration
  • Communication Design Studio: Illustration
  • Digital Illustration
  • Studio: Editorial Illustration
  • Workshop: Visual Language


Semester 2:

  • English and Communication: Workplace Correspondence
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Conversation and Reports
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 1)
  • Cultural Studies
  • Illustration Appreciation
  • Lettering and Typography
  • Studio: Narrative Illustration
  • Workshop: Print


Semester 3:

  • English and Communication: Persuasive Presentations
  • Whole Person Development - Collaboration, Teamwork & Social Engagement (Part 2)
  • Aesthetics and Semiotics 
  • Studio: Concept Illustration
  • Workshop: Life Drawing


Semester 4:

  • English and Communication: Reports
  • Vocational Chinese Communication: Putonghua Presentations and Promotional Text Writing
  • Communication Design Futures: Illustration
  • Independent Study: Proposal
  • Independent Study: Research
  • Studio: Contemporary Illustration
  • Workshop: Media Art
  • Professional Practice


Semester 5:

  • English Communication : Promotional Materials
  • Whole Person Development - Enhancing Competencies in the 21st Century Workplace
  • Portfolio Development
  • Graduation Project


Modules Across Semesters :

  • Industrial Attachment


Remark : Students have to complete the Enrichment Module in Semester 3 or 4.

Career Prospects Graduates can be recruited as illustrator, concept artist, character designer, mural artist, storyboard artist, comic artist, graphic designer, event and project coordinator, pre-production artist and visual artist in areas as diverse as illustration, mural, spatial illustration, design studio, design consultant, branding, advertising, magazine, storybook design, event and exhibition promotion, film art direction, pre-visualisation for game and animation design, and packaging design. Graduates frequently work as individual illustrator, artist or design entrepreneur and set up their own studios.
Articulation Graduates can pursue relevant degrees locally or overseas.

They are eligible to apply for admission to top-up degree programme offered by the following university in collaboration with the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)[Not applicable to Mainland students]# :
  • The Coventry University, UK
    1. BA(Hons) Graphic Design#
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252951)
    2. BA(Hons) Illustration and Graphics#
      (Registration Number of Non-local Higher and Professional Education: 252952)
# It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead. Please refer to the corresponding programme page in the website of SHAPE.

Graduates can apply for admission to relevant degree programmes of local universities. Some examples are :
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University :
    1. BA (Hons) in Communication Design
    2. BA (Hons) in Advertising Design
    3. BA (Hons) in Digital Media
    4. BA (Hons) in Social Design
  • City University of Hong Kong : BA Creative Media
  • Hong Kong Baptist University : BA (Hons) in Visual Arts

Upon admission to relevant degree programmes, graduates can apply for credit exemption. The level of exemption will be considered on individual basis.
Professional Recognition
Students are eligible to apply for student membership of the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA).
VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.
There might be changes in the course details.